Best Happy Hour Miami 2011 - Barú Urbano
If you're searching for a real happy hour, look in the Brickell area — home of the Magic City's version of the bridge-and-tunnel crowd. In the canyon below office and residential high-rises, Barú Urbano is an oasis of drink that beckons suits chasing skirts. But this is Miami, after all, so instead of cosmos or Long Island ice teas, the drinks of choice have a definite Hispanic slant. Mojitos? Check. Caipirinhas? Check. Aguardiente? Check. And like the restaurant's signature drink, the Barú — Veev açai spirit with blueberries — the clientele here is infused with South American sensibilities (with the Colombian and Venezuelan vibes most palpable). There are outdoor and indoor spaces in equal measure, merging the subtropics with the financial district. It also helps that the place sits under a canopy of dense vegetation, so it's cool even during daylight hours. And if you needed further reminder of Miami's creativity, an explosion of art, mostly by Venezuelan artist Andres Risquez, dominates the décor. It's modern and definitely has a Latino flavor, much like the menu. Happy hour runs every weekday from noon to 8 p.m., with ladies enjoying complimentary champagne or sangria on Thursdays. The rest of the drink menu is 50 percent off.